My friend SeoulBrother tweets:

Guys, I filed an initiative in WA to suspend sales of firearms and ammo after any mass shooting. Deets http://seoulbrother.​​post/​130304167920/​mandatory-​10-day-suspension​-of-all-firearm-and

From the text of the initiative:

Firearm and ammunition sales have consistently seen boosts in sales after high-profile incidents involving gun violence. It’s known as “the Sandy Hook Effect,” a reference to increased sales and NRA memberships after the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut massacre. These “bumps” allow firearm companies and the gun lobby to profit from these tragedies.

Show me where to sign.

So Upset

Peeple may be a hoax or a stunt. See the reporting at Snopes.

If it is in fact not real, then I’ll be relieved, but also quite angry at the jerks who put it on. I can’t think of a good reason.

But for now I take it at face value.

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I’ve never in my life written an email to a high-up person at Apple. I was upset enough today to write an email to Tim Cook.

I kept it as short and clear as I could. I was tempted to say something like “Hey — long-time happy Mac developer here!” but I kept myself, and everything extraneous to my actual message, out of it.

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Hi Tim,

You may be aware of this not-yet-released app Peeple which is, essentially, Yelp for people — that is, it’s for rating and commenting-on other people.

That’s creepy, but the worst part of it is that you can be added — and rated and commented-on — without your consent.

Ella Dawson made some great points about how dangerous this is:​2015/10/​01/why-peeple-​is-dangerous-​to-survivors-​and-really-anyone/

Were Apple to make any kind of public statement that explained that it wouldn’t accept apps for rating and commenting-on people where people can be added without their consent, I would appreciate it. I’m sure many people would.

Thanks in advance for any consideration you give this.


Omni Swift Bikeshed Club Week Three

It was my week to come up with a question.

Matt Remembers Alex

Matt Mullenweg writes about Alex King:

One of my favorite things about Alex was how darn tasteful he was. He would think about every aspect of something he built, every place someone could click, every path they could do down, and gave a thoughtfulness to these paths that I still admire and envy today…

It’s classic Alex: something simple and thoughtful that in hindsight is so gobsmackingly obvious you wonder why everything doesn’t work that way, but you never would have imagined it beforehand. And Alex wouldn’t just imagine it and do it for himself, he released his best work as open source, as a gift to the community and the world, over and over and over again.

Alex King

My friend Alex King died last night. He had been fighting cancer.

He was a good man. We should all be so good.

I’m thinking of his family. They’ll miss a husband and son and father. If there was any way to take some of that pain away, I would. So many people — everybody who knew Alex — would. I wish it worked that way.

A Secret Santa Solution

At Omni we have a Swift Bike Shedding Club. Each week we meet to show our answers to the current question, and we get a new question.

Last week the question was from Ruby Quiz — our code had to assign secret Santas following a couple simple rules.

It sounds easier than it is. It’s not that hard, but it may not be obvious right away, either.

If you try it yourself, don’t read the “Quiz Summary” part of the page until after you’ve written your code. (It gives away too much.)

Also: don’t actually have your code send email.

And: don’t look at my solution until after you’ve done yours.

Help Needed

Dave DeLong tweeted this morning that long-time Mac developer Rosyna Keller needs help.

Rosyna writes:

I’m writing this now early Thursday morning from a Red Roof Inn, the safest place I’ve been since September 30th, 2013. I’ve only got a total of $0.06 left to my name and I only have a room here until 11am (Phoenix) on Thursday, September 24th, 2015. I have no idea what to do, I’m broke, and I’m hiding from extremely abusive family.

A necessary mark of a good community is that we help people who need help. Rosyna needs help.

Screen Size and Money

Dave DeLong tweeted:

Hypothesis: we place a monetary value on apps that strongly correlates to the size of the screen they run on


I'm thinking based on device class:
⌚️ = $0
📱= single digit $
iPad = low double digit $
💻 = double digit $
📺 = double digit $ (guess)

My hypothesis is different from Dave’s. There’s a loose corollary between screen size and how people value software, yes.

But instead it works like this: the more productivity a device enables, the more people value the software.

And, while iOS devices continue to allow for more and more productivity — see the iPad Pro, multi-tasking, and so on — the Mac is still by far the best device for productivity.

It’s not just because Mac screen sizes tend to be larger, though there is that. That’s just one of a whole bunch of reasons that Macs still make for better productivity.

So I don’t expect Apple TV to be in the double digit range. I expect it to be the same as iPhone apps.

(Note that I’m talking about productivity apps solely. In the worlds of games and entertainment and diversions things may be different.)

(Also note that I’d love to be wrong about Apple TV.)

Why We Love Indies

What’s great about indies is that they can, and do, make human decisions that may upset people.

Large corporations may (and frequently do) upset people — but it’s rare that they do so out of a sense of ethics or morality. Quite the opposite.

So Marco says that keeping Peace on the App Store just doesn’t feel good. You may be upset by this.

But here’s the thing: we don’t love indies because they can do and say things that upset other people — we love indies because they can do and say things that upset anybody. Even you, even me.

You can see plain as day that there’s a human being there.

I have to admit, though, that I’m not upset, even though I was a Peace user. I stand up and applaud Marco’s courage and his decision.

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Cabel Sasser said it better:

Agree or not, this is why small developers and individual voices are important. Big companies don't—can't—do this.

CocoaConf San Jose Early Bird Thing

My pal Solomon — Solly, Sol-meister, ol’ SK — just emailed me to remind you that the early bird sale for CocoaConf in San Jose ends Sept. 19th at midnight.

Check out the schedule. Laura Savino and Jaimee Newberry are both speaking, which is more than enough right there to get you to go. And there’s a whole mess of Daniel Steinberg on Swift, which you know you need. The unstoppable Marcus Zarra (I’ve tried to stop him; can’t be done) will be talking about Core Data. And there’s plenty more.

PS Actually, no, I haven’t tried to stop Marcus Zarra. Who would do that? It’s way more fun to encourage him.

PPS I’m speaking too, at the very end.


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